University police are searching for a man linked to a string of cell phone thefts on multiple college campuses, including a recent theft at Cal State Long Beach, authorities announced.
Officials believe Eric Tse—who is not affiliated with the school—allegedly stole a CSULB student’s cell phone when he asked to borrow it at the University Library on Monday, February 8.
“The suspect gave the victim a wallet as collateral for the return of the phone, as well as a backpack,” CSULBPD officials said in a statement released Tuesday. “The suspect left the area with the victim’s cellular phone, depriving the victim of his property.”
Police identified Tse based on a prior case regarding the same circumstances. The victim was also able to identify the suspect based on a photo lineup.
Authorities said Tse likes to frequent the library when he steals cell phones and has committed this crime on other college campuses.
Tse is described as Asian, 5 feet, 7 inches, 160 pounds, and with black hair and brown eyes.
University police remind the public to be aware of your surroundings. Do not give or lend your property to individuals you do not know, or trust. Contact the University Police Department immediately if you feel you are a victim of a crime.